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Extremely lightweight alpine harness with minimal packing volume for high-altitude missions and ski tours. The split webbing technology (patent pending) in the hip belt, together with the very strong Dyneema® webbing in the leg loop construction, ensure great comfort and allow a modern design with large ventilation openings for high breathability. Gear loops and the Drop Seat buckle are positioned to allow the Zephir Altitude to be worn easily together with a backpack with a hip belt.read less
Extremely lightweight alpine harness with minimal packing volume for high-altitude missions and ski tours. The split webbing technology (patent pending) in the hip belt, together with the very strong Dyneema® webbing in the leg loop construction, ensure great comfort and…read more
The Mammut Zephyr Altitude is my go to harness for every mountaineering trip. The thing that sets it apart is the quick release buckle system. I don't have to worry about getting the leg loops snagged on my crampons or ski boots. I just snap it on and I'm ready to go.
After my BD Couloir started showing signs of wear, I thought of upgrading to something similar. My main criteria is having the clips on the leg loops. I am mountaineer, not a rock climber. Couloir was practically the only model on the market with the clips so far. Now I found Zephir Altitude, so I wanted to try it. It is a mixed bag of goodies. Similar featherweight compact design. The crotch section is superior to Couloir as it gives far more room. Clips on the leg loops are not what I expected. You still have to step into the harness first and watch that you do not step into the rubber band loops. This is a non-issue on Couloir. The waist belt on Alt does not open, but has the far better buckle than Couloir. Well, is there any harness that does not have a better buckle than Couloir? Nice, welcome touch is the drop seat clip. The biggest problem for me is the soft, flexible belt material which does not spread the pressure of the belt joints evenly. While practicing rappel on the gym wall, I was hurting at nearly every point where something is attached to the belt. Reinforced joints on the soft belt are hard and for some reason painfully cut into the flesh under the weight of my 200lbs, no matter what adjustments I make. I am rushing down the rope just to get rid of the pain. Belt on the Couloir never caused me even a hint of any pain. Maybe the additional layers of clothing up in the mountains would spread the point pressure of the Alt belt joints, but I do not want to take a chance. And so I got another Couloir instead.
Use Situation: gym wall